Former Pakistan cricketer Aaqib Javed has slammed national team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed over his poor captaincy. According Javed, Sarfaraz is a very weak captain and he can’t even show his authority in the team. After Pakistan’s defeat to India in ICC World Cup 2019 recently, Men In Green have been facing criticism from former players and in this chain, Aaqib Javed joins the party to bash Sarfaraz.
Sarfaraz was appointed captain of the side suddenly after 2015 world cup as board wants to change the skipper. He was struggling with his form as well but PCB changes the captain after every world cup. Hence Sarfaraz was appointed.
“Since 2015, Sarfaraz has been struggling for his place in the team. He became a captain by accident as the boards make changes after every World Cup. Since the 2017 Champions Trophy final, Pakistan have done nothing… they even lost to Australia and New Zealand in the UAE. As a captain, he can’t demand anything in front of chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and coach Mickey Arthur,” Javed said in an interview to Mumbai Mirror.
“No player is looking at Sarfaraz as a leader who will back him. There is no harmony between the coach, captain, and chief selector. Sarfaraz is very, very weak, cannot show his authority on the field and off it as well. He cannot assert himself in front of even Inzamam,” he added.
On India vs Pakistan rivalry, Aaqid Javed mentioned that India is far away from current Pakistan team in all prospects of the game. No comparison between Indian and Pakistani teams in any part of the field whether it’s batting, bowling or fielding. He also remembers the days when he used to play and this rivalry was at peak.
“That was a different era. The mindset of the Indian team of that era was what the Pakistan team is having now, a defensive mindset. It was not a winning mindset. When we would play India in the 90s, we never thought that we would not beat India,” Aaqid quoted.
Javed took hat-trick against India in 1991 and he was part of the 1992 cricket world cup winning team Pakistan. He further insists that India has been blessed with good leaders like Ganguly, Dhoni and now Virat who bring lots of motivation and energy to the team. IPL has benefited Indian youngsters a lot and that’s why their team is playing like champions.
“Things have changed. Now we can’t even imagine how Pakistan can beat India. This change has been engineered by Sourav Ganguly. He brought something different to the Indian cricket psyche. That has been carried forward by MS Dhoni and now by Virat Kohli. They have also got exposure to high-quality cricket in the IPL and they play like champions.”
“India have gone far ahead of Pakistan in terms of batting, bowling, and fielding. Rohit Sharma is a seasoned, experienced and class batsman; Rahul is as good as anyone, technically sound and sharp. Then Virat Kohli… there is no match between the sides. Basically, there is a huge gulf between the skill sets of the India and Pakistan teams.”
Pakistan will have to win all their four remaining matches to qualify for semifinals and also their qualification will depend on other matches results as well.